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Does Lindros deserve to be a Hall of Famer?
Wed, November 7, 2007

Eric Lindros is hanging up his skates after a 13-year career marred by injuries and controversy.

Lindros will announce Thursday that he is retiring from the NHL to work with the NHLPA.

His total of 865 points might not seem like enough to guarantee going into the NHL Hall of Fame in a few years, due to his health and the lockout. But does Lindros deserve to be elected into the Hall, despite the few honours he garnered on the ice? Have your say in our forum.

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there must be a lot of quebeckers writing these negative articles. you people must remember and in some way understand his constant need for doing things this way. you have wined politically for years that u wanted seperation and that is all he wanted not to be a part of your society. that aside there has not been a dominent force such as lindros for years. his ability to lead was proven by bobby clarke as well as being held in high esteem by his peers. many of the greats have not won a cup and that should not define your hall entry.
hallofaguy, 2007-11-08 12:35:18

I don't really know yet. I haven't put all his accomplishments down on paper, compared him to guys in or to guys he is competing against to get in.

I do know he was labelled a superstar for many years.

I also know that many guys without rings and who are not defense specialists are in. Along with many injury prone guys and trouble makers. Those are not reasons to exclude. He was a headline for many years and a lot of that was for how good he was.
wayne, 2007-11-08 11:39:02

Its 50 / 50 I think. His first 5 or 6 years he totally dominated the NHL. If he could have learned to skate with his head up when he carried the puck he would still be a very productive player.

The last 4 or 5 years he wouldnt go to the front of the net or in the corners the way he use to. I cant blame him but if thats how he had to play he should have retired years ago.
Jimmy, 2007-11-08 10:58:50

If it's a popularity contest then he probably won't make it. But as far as his impact on the game, there was likely no more dominant player in the '90s. As far as importance to the era, well you can't understand fully that era of hockey without the holdouts and the trade(s) to both New York and Philly, the subsequent rise to power of Colorado with Forsberg and the increasing problems with concussions in the NHL. His line was the most feared in the NHL, he won MVP and he took his team to the finals once.

To put it in context, he's accomplished more in a shorter time than Sundin and how many TO fans would argue that he deserves to be in the hall?
Rick W., 2007-11-08 10:46:49

Not a chance, but he probably will end up there because of the politics in the game. one 100pt season, less the 1000pts for his career. not a defensive specialist. no stanley cup ring. injuries or not, he did more bad for the game than good.
dan, 2007-11-08 09:25:48

are you kidding me. this guy never played one full season with all his injuries and he wouldnt go in unless his mommy and daddy could go with him..NOT A HALL OF FAME PLAYER BY A LONG SHOT......
parney, 2007-11-08 08:27:27

He, to me, has always been someone you would never want your sons to be. To put him in the Hall of Fame would cause that entity to lose all credibility.
Paula Hartt, 2007-11-08 08:11:50

- Unfulfilled potential; not a Hall-of-Fame player. He wasn't good enough consistently enough for long enough. When he first came in, I thought he might be the ultimate hockey player, but we still haven't seen that yet. Some other names besides Anderson: Rick Middleton, John Tonelli, Mark Howe, Mike Vernon, Lorne Chabot, Flash Hollett, Butch Goring, Bernie Nicholls. I think the best comparison for Lindros in terms of level of play is actually Bill Ranford, who, like Lindros was, at his best, as good as any goaltender, but like Lindros, just wasn't at that level enough.
Ross Murray, 2007-11-08 00:27:04

Non. Merci.
HabsFan, 2007-11-07 21:38:57

The only compelling argument in favour of inducting Eric Lindros into the Hockey Hall of Fame is that Clark Gilles is in.

Of course, by that standard, my left butt cheek also belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Rich Gelder, 2007-11-07 21:32:07

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